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Cabinet reshuffle: Gavin Williamson replaces Sir Michael Fallon as defence secretary, despite whispers of promotion for Tonbridge MP Tom Tugendhat

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:00 02 November 2017

Tom Tugendhat

Tom Tugendhat

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After just two years in office, many are tipping Mr Tugendhat to be a future leader of the party

Gavin Williamson has been named as Sir Michael Fallon’s successor as defence secretary, despite whispers of Tonbridge MP Tom Tugendhat being in the running.

It comes after the Sevenoaks MP quit amid the Westminster sleaze scandal with chief whip Mr Williamson taking the reins on Thursday morning.

Nevertheless, Mr Tugendhat, who has already become chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, has been tipped by many as a future leader of the party, having impressed since winning the west Kent seat in the 2015 general election.

A former military officer, he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel during a career which saw him serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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